Electrical work is some of the most dangerous maintenance work in the field. Not only does it require several years of training, but only experienced contractors can handle the ins and outs of commercial electrical repair. While at MaintenX we strive to provide every safety measure for both our clients and electricians, there are several steps you too can take to ensure your electrical work is safely performed.
Below are # different ways facility managers and businesses can create a safer work environment for electricians and general maintenance contractors:
Follow OSHA’s Plan, Provide, and Train Protocol
OSHA recommends following a three-step process for safety including planning your electrical service, providing adequate safety equipment, and training workers on proper electrical safety in the workforce. Below are just a few ways you can help establish this plan within your facility:
- Plan the electrical work ahead of time whenever possible. Electrical work can be invasive to the work environment, so plan ahead and make sure your contractors have everything they need for the service. You may also want to clear out any area where contractors will be working to ensure it does not get in the way of daily activity.
- Provide both electricians and workers with plenty of safety equipment for the electrical work. Whether it’s a small repair or a major rewiring of the building, you want to make sure everyone involved is prepared with electrical safety equipment and a clean, hazard-free environment. This is equally important for anyone near the worksite who is not trained in electrical work.
- Train workers on what to do in an emergency. Electricians are generally prepared for electrical emergencies, but your employees are not. Ensure they can react quickly and safely during an electrical outage, fire, or other hazard by training them during onboarding.
Electrical safety is crucial for both you and your MaintenX electricians. To learn more about what you can do to create a safer work environment, visit our Resource Center for help.